Electric consumption accounts for about 39 percent of United States’ overall energy generation, making it a significant aspect of environmental footprint, says U.S. Environmental Protection Energy. A majority of America’s consumption of electricity is resourced from fossil fuels, especially natural gas, coal and oil, all of which report detrimental effects to the environment.
In a bid to curtail climate change while fostering clean energy and generating jobs, the Obama administration initiates on increasing access to solar energy across the United States, the White House website says.
Included in its initiative is establishing a National Community Solar Partnership which shall enable access to solar for the U.S.’ 50 percent business and households establishments that are for lease or do not have sufficient roof space.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says around 11 percent of the world-marketed energy consumption is derived from sustainable energy “with a projection for 15 percent by 2040.”
Solar energy’s accessibility would be realized by installing “300 Megawatts of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing” by 2020 through cooperation from housing authorities, energy companies, organizations and rural electric cooperatives — which all committed to set up “more than 260 solar energy projects, including projects to help low-and moderate income communities,” says the factsheet.
The 300 MW is an additional project as the government’s previous plan of installing 100MW has already been surpassed by adding 180MW.
There has already been around $520 million independent pledges from “philanthropic and impact investors, states, and cities” to encourage “community solar and scale up solar and energy efficiency for low- and moderate-income households,” as disclosed by the White House.
Among the advantages of using renewable energy, the savings come as the most attractive especially to business sector. According to U.S. Department of Energy, in the 2nd quarter of 2012 alone, there were already 70 companies, cities and organizations that announced an undertaking in clean energy job projects, creating additional 37, 409 jobs.
Unlike clean energy, non-renewable energy resources are known to cause health problems and destroy the environment with its toxic mercury released. Coal squirts more C02 than other fossil fuels do when burnt.